The Press Democrat
Santa Rosa, CA
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Job Description

The Press Democrat, a Northern California multimedia newsroom that is the largest between San Francisco and Portland, has an immediate opening for a business columnist focused on regional economic trends, local employers and issues confronting workers in white-collar offices and our agricultural fields. We’re the flagship newsroom of Sonoma Media Investments, a privately held Santa Rosa-based media company owned by local investors. That means we have no debt, no Wall Street obligations and no obstacles to meaningful journalism that fairly and fearlessly tackles local economic issues in California’s Wine Country.

This role offers a unique, analytical voice focused on Sonoma County’s diverse economy — telling the story of entrepreneurs, innovators, grape growers, winery operators and business owners big and small. Our labor force of about 240,000 provides a wide range of stories from worker safety, hiring practices, workplace equity and employment statistics told against the backdrop of a post-pandemic economy. The successful candidate will have the ability to balance breaking news, deep-dive enterprise and watchdog work while tailoring complex stories to everyday readers. We seek someone who can find fascinating business stories that affect all facets of life in Wine Country. The ideal candidate is not intimidated by complex economic data, has a proven ability to decipher trends and is comfortable talking with union members and CEOs.

We’re seeking someone eager to be an innovator on all platforms, using digital analytics and creative storytelling to serve existing readers and reach new ones. You should be a self-starter who understands and is adept with social media. Comfortable taking photos and videos? That’s a plus. So, too, is data acquisition, a portfolio that includes investigative work and fluency in Spanish.

Job Qualifications

• At least three years of daily journalism experience; the ability to conceive and deliver meaningful enterprise; breaking news chops are essential, as is experience with cultivating sources and using public records requests to advance reporting.
• Demonstrated ability to write sharp, clean copy, including headlines and nut graphs that distill why a story needs to be read and shared online. Understanding not only what happened but what it means is critical.
• Digital storytelling experience is critical, and any candidate should have an intense curiosity for how news is consumed, shared, and searched for in the digital space.
• Comfort working on digital deadlines in a 24/7 news cycle, and the drive to beat competitors on a regular basis.

Interested? Complete the application through the Apply link and also send your resume, cover letter, and 7-10 clips — including a mix of columns (if any), enterprise/feature stories, examples of your best storytelling and an example of how you covered a breaking story — to our executive editor, rick.green@pressdemocrat.com.